Lightning 3, Avalanche 3
Nov. 27, 1997
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Alex Selivanov turned a fortunate bounce into a rare comeback point for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Selivanov scored with 6:48 left in regulation Wednesday night to give Tampa Bay a 3-3 tie with Colorado, the Lightning's first point of the season when trailing after two periods.
Tampa Bay was 0-11-0 when trailing after two periods before Selivanov picked up a loose puck just outside the crease and put a backhander over Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy.
``We haven't been getting any lucky bounces until recently,'' Tampa Bay defenseman Jeff Norton said. ``Sooner or later they would come our way and we'll take them.''
After a team-record (0-15-1) 16-game winless streak, the Lightning have two victories and a tie in their last three games.
Colorado took a 3-2 lead at 10:06 of the third period when Rene Corbet's power-play backhander was redirected past goalie Daren Puppa off Tampa Bay forward Rob Zamuner's skate.
``We had some positives and some real negatives,'' Colorado coach Marc Crawford said. ``Our guys are not happy and that's a good sign. We just have to stay as positive as we can.''
After missing two games because of a partially dislocated left shoulder, Roy was outstanding early. He turned aside Mikael Andersson's point-blank first-period shot and Paul Ysebaert's breakaway in the second period.
Colorado went ahead 1-0 when Joe Sakic's soft backhander from the slot deflected off Puppa's pads at 3:48 of the first. The goal ended a run that saw Claude Lemieux on the ice for 10 consecutive Avalanche goals. Over the sequence, Lemieux had five goals and four assists.
Although Lemieux did not get an assist, but the right wing was on the ice when Peter Forsberg's tough-angle power-play wrist shot sailed over Puppa's shoulder at 16:23.
Puppa make several outstanding saves Jeff Norton's power-play goal with 36.2 seconds left in the second drew the Lightning within one.
After being stopped on a first-period breakaway, Louie DeBrusk's low drive from the slot made it 2-2 at 2:28. It was DeBrusk's first goal since Jan. 7, ending an 18-game drought.
``Both shots I tried to get solidly on the net as quick as possible,'' DeBrusk said. ``We know Roy is such a big goaltender and he's going to cut angles down. If you get the puck away quickly sometimes you surprise him and that's what I think happened on my goal.''